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Tour de Yorkshire fever grips Settle

Residents and businesses are being invited to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire in Settle with a competition to find the best-dressed property.

TdY letters

The prize winner will be invited to the VIP Tour de Yorkshire reception on Friday April 29, when Stage One of the prestigious race finishes in the town.

Tour de Yorkshire flags and bunting are going up around Settle this week, while giant letters spelling out Settle are being put up on Castlebergh, and organisers want the whole town to get behind the event.

Jill Heseltine, Craven District Council's Tour de Yorkshire Project Officer, said: "This is a great occasion for Settle and we'd like everyone to get involved in the celebrations.

"There will be national and international television coverage of the town on April 29 so if you push the boat out your property might become famous around the world!"

Rebecca Hill, Settle Town Council's Clerk, said: "Settle Town Council are proud to be partners in this fantastic event and it's an opportunity for us to celebrate and enjoy cycling with our usual community spirit.

"I'm sure lots of people will be embracing the Tour De Yorkshire in many innovative ways."

Timberworks, in Settle, has been creating giant wooden letters spelling out "Settle" which will be put up on Castlebergh to create a Hollywood-style welcome to the town.

Becky Bullock, who owns Timberworks with husband Ian, said: "We're really excited about the Tour de Yorkshire and we were keen to get involved. We're very proud to be a part of it.

"We make anything and everything but this is probably one of the most unusual things we've made. It's fantastic that we can do something for Settle that will be seen by so many people."

Jackie Cole and Chris Fontenille, who run the King William the Fourth Guest House in the High Street, have already started celebrating the race, painting a bicycle to display over the front door.

Jackie said: "As keen cyclists ourselves we are getting very excited about the Tour de Yorkshire arriving in Settle and seeing all the big teams and riders.

"As well as the Tour inspiring our hobby, we are confident that the event will be a boost to our business. At that time of year we would have been busy anyway but we are looking forward to added interest in the area generated by the TDY in the months and years to come!

"To celebrate our excitement as keen cyclists and local business people, we are preparing a bike to display over the front door. It will give another splash of blue and yellow to the town as we welcome the riders and fans."

Anyone who wants to enter the competition can register and send a photo online at www.settle.org.uk/showcasesettle before Thursday, April 28, when judging will take place. Links to buy bunting and flags are also available here.

For more information about the Tour de Yorkshire, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/tdy